Android L vs iOS 8 vs Windows Phone 8.1: which of the three will be the most consequential update?

Android L vs iOS 8 vs Windows Phone 8.1: which of the three will be the most consequential update?
Due to what we suppose are a number a coincidences, it so happens that this year will see all three major platforms go through a major update, whether we're talking about a design overhaul, more functionality, or both. Indeed, all three -- Android with L, iOS with version 8, and Windows Phone with 8.1 Cyan -- are set to become the norm before the year is out.

Usually, we'd argue that such a comparison is unfair and premature both, as Microsoft is already pushing the new iteration of its platform, and select few devices can already enjoy the enhanced functionality of the new software, while the other two are still in beta testing. However, considering the wealth of information provided by Google and Apple on what their new platforms will bring to the table, along with the fact that we've already had the chance of reviewing their respective developer previews in depth, puts you and us both in a position where we can actually try and guesstimate which of the three updates is most likely to shake things up.

It is our opinion that the latest Windows Phone OS iteration has finally caught up with its much more popular competitors, even though there are gaps that still require attention. As for Android L, a platform that has functionality at its core, it would appear Google is finally ready to commit more resources to the task of simply making Android more attractive. Finally, iOS 8 is perhaps the first tangible sign that Apple is finally looking to open up, at least partially, and that's a big deal.

So, out of those three, which one do you consider the most consequential? Vote now and vote true!

Android L vs iOS 8 vs Windows Phone 8.1: which of the three will be the most consequential update?

Android L
36.17%
iOS 8
9.69%
Windows Phone 8.1
54.14%

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179 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Android L WP8.1 iOS 8

3. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

iOS 8 cause that's who copied from other platforms the most

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's a bait comment just letting you know before other people attack you for it.

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes it's bait & the truth all at the same time. Get ready, cause the attacks like PapaSmurf said will be coming!

58. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Ios copycats, Xerox Android innovates Linux Ftw

70. Churchkey32

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

Wait, when did android first release? 2008? HTC Dream? anyone remember that?..and it eerily resembled the windows 5 mobile platform? I'd say android/google guesses more than innovates...I just wanted to set the record straight. Cudos to windows* But if that example didn't do that for you, lets visit their app stores, apple app store released JULY 2008, android SEPTEMBER 2008 and BB app world, 2009...how are you basing your "copycat" claim? i just want to know? Give us some context, specifics..not just basic programming features like notifications/widgets..etc..because..you wouldn't have ground to stand on, because they ALL do those.. we can talk about palm, moto Qs and so on if you want to continue about how the smartphone evolved...

78. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Hello Android is Linux family WebOs

83. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Much rage Such hurt How can widgets be excluded? I mean seriously?

107. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Much copy Such Doge ._.

88. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Android "Guessed" its way to the top iOS "innovated" its way to the bottom...

139. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Good one, haha

90. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

But the thing is, with Android, you can easily make it look however you want.

93. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And command script, and you can even make your own Android Kk Power and openness of Linux Android

96. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Android was founded in 2003. Android is way older.

167. Churchkey32

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

So where was this "innovation" for the 5 years it sat on the shelves?... And it was a copycat of windows 5-6 mobile regardless..so let's not forget to add our context to our arguments.. Go windows! ...but great info, doesn't do much other than add more to the case of android copycating..Andriod still looks like a copcat("copycat" a copyright of andriod) andriod icons looked and moved like windows-esque platform...then what happened! Hmm I wonder...software and design

99. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

bro just becos apple starts it first does not make them the father of innovation for each year.. obviously somehow someone is going to surpass them.. and obviously that someone is android OS.

170. raghu67

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

issue is not about who came to the market first... its about WHO in 2014.. and its clear for the past 2years apple is blantly copying features from android.. comeon, a smartphone is all about programming features. if not y is it called SMART & how is it different from, say nokia 1100

174. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

fanboy alert, fanboy alert...

176. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Android first got POPULAR in 2008. Android's old.

111. JustMeNow

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

Since when does iOS 'copycat'? And since when does Android 'innovate'? Whenever Apple comes out with a new feature, Google sticks a disturbingly similar feature into Android with the next release. Look at the history. And whenever Apple comes out with a feature that another OS already has, at least it's quite different and it ends up being better than the one that it allegedly copied. All of the features that Android has that iOS doesn't are all obtainable through jailbreaking, and most of them are just customization anyway, along with some that pretty much just lower your level of security. Have fun getting malware on your 'innovation'.

117. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

How can you fit so much BS in one comment?

143. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

i bet you were born during 9/11. coz your IQ became ground zero...

172. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Yeah right.. google copyied the concept of '3rd party keyboards' from google in 2014 I guess.!

91. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

iOS 8 because thats what got to many new features by copying an OS from 2009, and will make all the fanboys go crazy.

140. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

+1 For humor.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Needless to talk about Android L but WP 8.1 is going great. And iOS, hope they improve colors first.

113. JustMeNow

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

WP 8.1 isn't going anywhere. Honestly, not that I'm against it, but I have a feeling that not a lot of people are gonna buy it, just from the history of the last two WPs. A lot of the new features on WP 8.1 have been on iOS for a while though, like allowing apps to record video or audio from themselves, location-based app suggestions, data backup, Facebook integration (though they did it differently), manual app updates, burst mode, native podcast app, etc. And while some people don't like Jony Ive's new iOS design, you must agree that it's still prettier than Android. I, for one, do like it, but it took a couple weeks to get used to. Besides, you can always change the icons with a simple jailbreak, takes 5 - 10 minutes. And iOS 8's new features are VERY nice too. They help catch up in customization (for the keyboard) and pull iOS ahead in many different areas. Oh, and Apple did widgets right, rather than those big boxes taking up homescreen real estate, it's in the Notification Center. Then there's Continuity, which allows your iDevice to tie in with your Mac way more, and Extensibility, which allows apps to work together for the best experience. There are many, many more wonderful features, but I don't want to talk about all of them, because this post would become too long. I will admit, some of these features (like Hey, Siri) are reminiscent of Android/WP, but not all, and the ones that are have been done a lot better than Android did (not sure about WP, I haven't used it much for a while). Third, for Android, it's just sort of flattening the (still ugly) design but not that much, notifications (which are still ugly) on the lock screen and other improvements (which iOS has had for a year now), new multitasking cards (MobileSafari, anyone?), smartwatch unlocking, 64bit support (iPhone 5s, anyone?), and the battery performance thing, which is possible on iOS in the Usage settings. So all of the main features are also available on either WP, iOS or both. Nice. Nothing very new here.

116. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Symbian and Web o's had these features, before ios Wp.

118. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

All Apple products are not good looking They all have curve designs Curve TV looks ugly then edge to edge no bezel TV. The Nokia L925 and Nokia iCon and other oblong phones looks nice. Even every tech websites and editorials agree, accept you. Your an iBoy Your an Apple fan You are not giving where credit is dued

135. JustMeNow

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

All new Apple devices are good looking, it's a common opinion of most people on the Internet. The OS is a different story. Some people like the new design, others don't. When did I mention a curved design? Besides, what do you thing the GS5 is? Curved. Nexus 5? Curved. Maybe a different curve, but the iPhone's curve is better, it just looks better. So you're saying that a TV without a bezel looks better? That's not always the case. Sometimes, it is, but sometimes, it's not. Besides, a TV is not a smartphone. Smartphones look better with a normal bezel than with none, or a small one. Both of the Nokia phones you cited are ugly, even the iCon, that runs WP. If Apple pushed an iPhone that was squared off like that, it would probably be ugly too. Besides, you can find opinions saying that those two phones are beautiful, and that they're ugly. Show me one saying that iPhone is ugly, ok? I may be a an Apple Fanboy, but you're just anti-Apple. You're also a Google fanboy, so now you're just being hypocritical. Just stop trying.

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